A high supply of migrant workers seeking employment and high demand from an economy seeking cheap labor creates a perfect combination for human traffickers to thrive. Three years ago, when she arrived from the countryside, Uy had a different plan. While "the rule of law is not on the agenda of the current government", she says bluntly, addressing sexual exploitation such as the virgin trade needs to be part of efforts to tackle gender inequality on all fronts. Every estimate is that there are more than a million children who are effectively enslaved. But in this country of 15 million people, the demand for virgins is big business that thrives due to cultural myth and other local factors. Over the past year, the trade has expanded south, with officials finding more victims from the Mekong Delta region, said Vu, head of advocacy at Pacific Links, a California-based development organisation. Where to begin unravelling the shadowy, painful layers of Uy and Chamnan's story? By the time she was allowed to return home her vagina was torn and bruised. Causes and Implications" June
The Lancet, the British medical journal, said that 10 million children were in brothels around the world. Every estimate is that there are more than a million children who are effectively enslaved. Some prostitutes have just moved away, to other remaining red-light districts such as Gang Sadar in Purwokerto, Central Java. Unlike a lot of problems in developing countries, this is one that has actually gotten worse. Dara, who is now 18, says almost every teenage girl there is sold for her virginity, usually in deals made with their parents by female neighbours who work as brokers. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. For example, in Thailand prostitution is illegal,  but in practice it is tolerated, and the country is a destination for sex tourism. To preserve Chamnan's virtue in his eyes, she told him she had saved up the money from beer garden tips. Legal status of prostitution across Asia. Cambodia has one of the largest sources of demand for child prostitution and sex tourism in the region. The man died recently. Her downfall came after an investigation by a Cambodia Daily reporter revealed that significant parts of the stories she told were untrue. Neither is proud of where they are, but they feel they have no choice. Past surveys indicate that 30 to 35 percent of all prostitutes in the Mekong sub-region of Southeast Asia are between 12 and 17 years of age. In Thailand and Malaysia trafficking mainly takes the form of sexual exploitation, while in Indonesia forced labor is observed is more prevalent, but both forms of sexual and forced labor can be found. And I think it has gotten worse for a few reasons. This industrialization of booming economies, like that of Thailand and Singapore created a draw for poor migrants seeking upward mobility and individuals wanting to leave war torn countries. Women tend to be more highly targeted by traffickers due to the fact that they are seeking opportunity in an area of the world where limited economic opportunities are available for them. Parents who sell their daughters' virginity have little concept of child rights. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, The man, who was wearing "a dark suit and a gold watch", didn't speak or look at her at all, Dara says. Most of these workers are undocumented and from different countries of origin than the country they work in. And even when you use a term like partners, that's kind of loaded. Their move to become prostitutes had been borne from their desire to escape from poverty in the first place. To protect the safety of the women cited in the article, some names have been changed. Already, an increasing number of factories in Malaysia are staffed by Vietnamese workers, and traffickers are "piggybacking" on that migration and tricking people with promises of jobs in electronics factories, she said. It's such an open secret in Phnom Penh that he is a prolific buyer of virgins that a Cambodian journalist who knows him well offered to introduce me to him.